For an area that’s as extensively marked, groomed, and maintained, the Maxwell Butte trails don’t get nearly the attention of other trail centers in this region. The trails here are almost dizzying, there are so many junctions and twists and turns. This description should be a good start to exploring the area, which has loop and trip lengths for all types of snowshoers.
One unexpected benefit of the extensive clear cutting that went on in this area is that it has allowed for some decent views of the surrounding mountains. Where you do encounter older forest, the trails take on an entirely different character. The loop is well named, at least in clear weather. From the high point you can get excellent views of Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, the Three Sisters range, and if you’re tall enough, you can just barely make out a view of the top of Mount Jefferson.
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